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Over the last couple days the Syrian army has moved into the Baba Amr district of Homs. The action is Syria’s Tiananmen. The Western shorthand for Tiananmen is “authoritarian regime reveals its true monstrous face to the world and its own citizens by trampling on helpless pro-democracy demonstrators.” Maybe so, but in the Chinese official... Read More
There is an emerging picture of an embarrassing dilemma for Turkey on Syria. Eager for regional leader cred and anxious to establish itself as an equal partner with the Western powers in the ongoing Middle East make over, Turkey got out in front in supporting the Syrian rebellion. Maybe too far in front. Western military... Read More
James Wolcott points out with some amusement that Fox News has deigned to take note of Al-Jazeera's fearless coverage of the Egyptian mass movement: Here's a piece I wrote back in 2008 on Al Jazeera's struggle to go mano-a-mano against the mighty anchors of Fox and the other media barons in North America: Tuesday, April... Read More
Don’t Think Twice It’s All Rat
Via the China media and politics site ESWN I came across a link to an interesting interview the Columbia Journalism Review did with Dave Marash. Marash is the U.S. reporter who left Al Jazeera International because of what’s described in journalistic shorthand as emerging “anti-American bias” at the network. Marash’s explanation is somewhat more complicated... Read More
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